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    Slug Trap & Composter

    Slug Trap & Composter

    PROBLEM: Slugs are damaging crops and farmers are trying to kill the slugs. We found a way to efficiently trap slugs without hurting them, so that farmers don’t have to worry about crop damage. SOLUTION: Our solution is eco-friendly, and harmless to all slugs used.The trap is created by recycled materials found in most households. For our slug trap we use a plastic water bottle. Slugs are attracted to the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and they go into the trap. We have a barrier so they can’t fall and drown in the yeast. We recommend having a trap every twenty yards. You must dig a small hole and insert the bottle for use. We also recommend having the top of the trap at ground level. The slugs are then put into your compost. Slug can be used for composting because they are organic decomposers. Vermicomposting is using worms to aerate and help decompose compost, so in place of worms our slugs will digest raw or organic materials. When taking the composted material into the fields, we recommend checking the composted material to make sure there are no slugs inside of it. ***This prototype and solution were created in response to the research component of a robotics competition. Thirteen seventh graders in South Louisiana were challenged with finding an innovative solution to a problem with a way that humans and animals interact. The students initially found that slug slime had healing properties and wanted to find a way to capture slugs in farm plots and bottle the slug slime to sell at farmer's markets.

    #IrrigationManager

    #IrrigationManager

    Learn how to proper dimension your #irrigation system and water usage!

    #SoilAnalysisManager

    #SoilAnalysisManager

    Learn how to maximize your local resources and keep track of your ‪ ‎soil nutrients !

    DIY Bush Buddy gasification camp stove

    DIY Bush Buddy gasification camp stove

    An off the rack Bush Buddy wood stove costs $120. I put this together for under $10. A bush buddy is a wood burning gasification stove, meaning it burns the wood and the smoke. No fuel required to cook your dinner other than a small bundle of twigs.

    #FertilizerManager

    #FertilizerManager

    Learn how much #organicfertilizer you need to apply to reach #optimum yields with #Fertilizer Manager

    Bike chopper

    Bike chopper

    Old bike made into a chopper

    farmOS Observation App

    farmOS Observation App

    The goal of this tool would be to have a very simple and focused native app for Android and iOS that can be used to quickly and easily record observation logs that are automatically synced to a farmOS site.

    Grow-IoT

    Grow-IoT

    Connect sensors and actuators to automated growing systems. We're currently nearing the alpha release of Grow-IoT, if you're a developer please check it out: https://github.com/CommonGarden/Grow-IoT

    Multimachine

    Multimachine

    The MultiMachine all-purpose machine tool that can be built by a semi-skilled mechanic with just common hand tools. The necessary material can come from discarded vehicle parts. Using engine blocks as building blocks is the first MultiMachine feature. Since cylinder bores are bored exactly parallel to each other and at exact right angles to the cylinder head surface, MultiMachine accuracy begins at the factory where the engine block was built.

    Poultry Water Heater

    Poultry Water Heater

    A simple, low-cost solution to keep your poultry waterer from freezing. I needed a heater to prevent my chickens' water from freezing and looked at what was available commerically. What I found was just too expensive, around $80.00, so I decided to attempt to make my own. My first attempt was to build a wooden box and place a drop light fixture inside. While functionally this worked, I was concerned about the potential fire hazard of the wooden box so I decided to take another stab using metal. The benefit of using the heat tape is that it comes with an integral thermostat factory set to power on at about 40 degrees and off again at about 45 degrees. By turning the pan upside down I now have a heater that looks remarkably like those expensive commerically available heaters. I set my water container on top and I can tell you it works like a charm! My total cost? $30.00 for new parts and of course there is some value to the miscellaneous stuff I had laying around too, so maybe $35.00 which I consider quite a bargain.